MTV’s Death Valley looks to blend comedy with the supernatural horror says showrunner Eric Weinberg

MTV’s Death Valley premieres tonight on the network. From everything available about the show so far including the trailer it looks like it will be a parody of cops, but instead of the police officers busting petty drug offenders and domestic abusers, they will be tasked with ridding the streets of a fictional southern California town of Vampires, Zombies, & Werewolves.  To get prepared for the premiere later tonight, check out an excerpt from THP’s interview with showrunner Eric Weinberg:

THR: Death Valley feels like Reno 911 meets The Walking Dead and True Blood with dash of Teen Wolf for good measure. What makes Death Valley different?

Eric Weinberg: That’s not a bad way to look at it (laughs). Our show’s very different. I’m not taking anything away from those other shows: Walking Dead is really cool; True Blood is really cool. Our show is feels, looks and sounds different; it’s a different kind of show. We blend comedy and horror because Walking Dead and True Blood aren’t going for comedy. It’s just a different approach to it. I feel like there’s room for all of them right now. We’re not going to try to out-mythologize Walking Dead; we’re not going to try to out-sexy True Blood. We’re more rock ’n’ roll and we’re funnier.

THR: Any kind of plans to spoof True Blood or other genre fare?

Weinberg: I could see having some fun [with that] down the road. I would also never want to be perceived as taking a shot at anybody; they don’t deserve that. When they do anything that warrants taking a shot, then of course, but those shows have been really solid in their own right. We’re just getting the audience at this point starting to be aware of who we are. I don’t think the time has come for us to start to parody other shows that are pretty well-established.

For the full interview please visit The Hollywood Reporter, and be sure to check out DEATH VALLEY on MTV tonight!

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